Trailblazer

Bruce Dube

“ My vision is to champion youth causes that will enable the achievement of a prosperous Africa. ”

Bruce Dube is the founder and Managing Director of Nine80 Digital which is a pan-African digital media publishing company with an impressive number of well-known titles under its umbrella.

The brand reaches millions of African youth every month and among some of its clients are some of the world’s biggest brands including Disney, and Vodacom.

His passion has always been to run his own business. While working, he went into depression because he hated his job. The one morning he decided to hand in his resignation. He quit before he had saved enough money to make the transition from employment to entrepreneurship.

With his safety net gone, Dube found himself heavily indebted and as a result lost everything he owned. However, this rising entrepreneur did not give up.

Capitalizing on Africa’s youth demographic, he set off to launch digital assets that address issues and the interests of African youth. He started with a youth search engine, then created a job portal, and before long, he had established a continental media house.

The business started in 2012 with a single digital asset, six years later, the business has increased its digital assets, with digital publishing footprint across South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria.

Having started the business at a time when the internet was a privilege and smartphone penetration was very low on the continent, today Dube has built a digital media empire. He is one of the most prominent young digital publishers in Africa.

Among some of his achievements, in 2013 he was also selected as one of the top five prominent young people in Africa and Latin America by the World Bank. In 2013 he was selected as one of the Emerging Leaders and speakers selected globally to attend the German Marshall Fund of the United States Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Morocco.

In Jan 2014 he was nominated and selected for DHL’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Program and as one of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young People in South Africa.

In 2015 he was listed as one of South Africa’s Top 100 Young Bosses by The Sowetan newspaper and was nominated for the 2015 Africa Youth Award for Media Excellence. In 2017 He was recognized by The Financial Mail as one of SA’s Top Young Black Execs and featured in their yearly ‘Black Book’.

Dube contributes his success to what he calls a frugal approach to life and business and says his mother, who is a businesswoman has inspired his work and passion for entrepreneurship.

His vision is to champion youth causes that will enable the achievement of a prosperous Africa and to provide platforms of communication that will give people a voice and facilitate investments into the continent.


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